Peter Shumlin announces run for governor

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Peter Shumlin announces run for governor

Tue, 11/17/2009 - 6:48am -- tim

State Senator Peter Shumlin today announced his intention to run for governor of Vermont in 2010. Shumlin made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference at Earth Turbines, Inc in Williston. Shumlin, 53, is a resident of Putney, Vermont. Along with his brother Jeff he runs Putney Student Travel, a Putney based business that offers summer educational programs to high school students. Shumlin represents Windham County in the Vermont Senate where he serves as Senate President, a position he has held for nearly 10 years.
“I believe my experiences growing up in Vermont, building a successful family business and serving for nearly 10 years as senate president, will serve me well in understanding and addressing the challenges facing our beloved state,” Shumlin said.
“What I want most is solid, steady jobs and a good quality of life for all Vermonters. Vermonters are facing tremendous economic challenges grappling with the worst economy since the Great Depression. Even when employed too many of our neighbors are struggling with stagnant incomes, rising property taxes and seemingly endless bills for heat, food, rent, mortgages, health care and college tuition payments.  We must set a new path of economic vitality for our state, one that builds on our greatest assets: the hard working and innovative citizens of our state, our natural environment, our agricultural and technological innovation.  That’s what this campaign is about.”
Source: Shumlin campaign. 11.16.2009.
Remarks by Peter Shumlin Announcing His Candidacy for Governor
November 16, 2009
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I am here today to announce that I will be a candidate for governor in 2010.  I want there to be no doubt about my commitment to seeing Vermont through these challenging times or to this race for Governor.  I believe my experiences growing up in Vermont, building a successful family business and serving for nearly 10 years as senate president, will serve me well in understanding and addressing the challenges facing our beloved state. 
What I want most is solid, steady jobs and a good quality of life for all Vermonters. Vermonters are facing tremendous economic challenges grappling with the worst economy since the Great Depression. Even when employed too many of our neighbors are struggling with stagnant incomes, rising property taxes and seemingly endless bills for heat, food, rent, mortgages, health care and college tuition payments.  We must set a new path of economic vitality for our state, one that builds on our greatest assets: the hard working and innovative citizens of our state, our natural environment, our agricultural and technological innovation.  That’s what this campaign is about. 
I will provide the leadership required to create and implement a vision for Vermont so every Vermonter can have the same opportunities that my family and I have enjoyed.
Here is my story.  My sister, brother and I were raised in Vermont by loving parents of fairly modest means.  Fifty-nine years ago our parents started a small business, Putney Student Travel, in an old cow barn on a dirt road next to the house where I was born.  I went away to college and when I graduated from Wesleyan University I, like so many Vermont kids, wanted desperately to come home to make a living and raise my family.  I came back and convinced my younger brother when he graduated from Wesleyan to do the same.  We built that business over the years and also started several real estate companies.  We have enjoyed great success.  We made some right decisions and our businesses grew, we created good jobs and made a difference in our community. I will bring this same determination to state government. 
Our next governor will face the toughest budget challenges in recent memory.  Over the past eight years our state has over promised and under performed.  Promises of job growth have not materialized. Our expenses far exceed our revenues and our long-term financial obligations outpace our ability to pay.  Vermonters cannot bear more of a tax burden.  We need a governor who will face tough decisions straight on, who will grow our economy, streamline the bureaucracy, and allow our state to prosper again.  One thing I’ve learned managing businesses and meeting payrolls is that with every crisis there is opportunity.  The only question is do you have the vision, courage and imagination to seize that opportunity?
Here is Vermont’s opportunity.  As our nation moves from our addiction to fossil fuels to renewable technology we are going to see an economic expansion in the country that will make the industrial revolution and recent technology boom yesterday’s story.  This transition will affect everything that we do; how we move around, where our food is grown and produced, how our electricity is generated, how we build our houses and schools; indeed every facet of our lives.  Vermont is already at the forefront of much of this. Our energy expertise, our food systems knowledge, our educated workforce, our land based entrepreneurial ventures, our colleges and universities; we already have a national reputation for innovation and we are well positioned to achieve more.    As governor, I will work 24/7 to ensure that Vermont leads in this new economy.  I am extraordinarily optimistic about Vermont’s future.  I believe I have the experience, skills and vision needed to get us there.                      
Today I ask you to join the Shumlin for Governor campaign by visiting our website: www.shumlinforgovernor.com.  This campaign won’t be about Peter Shumlin; it will be about all of us, in the spirit of the greatest state in America, joining together to create jobs and a better life for all Vermonters.